Information from Public Helps Lead to Arrest in Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Crash

Published 6:39 am Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Assumption Parish – With help from members of the public who contacted Louisiana State Police Troop C providing tips, Troopers have made an arrest in the fatal hit and run crash that claimed the life of 54-year-old David Gilbert.

Investigation into the information given allowed Troopers to determine 34-year-old James Landry of St. Gabriel to be the driver of a 2018 Lincoln Continental which is believed to have struck Gilbert.

After meeting with Troopers, Landry was booked into the Assumption Parish Jail on the charges of felony hit and run driving and operating a vehicle while license is suspended. This crash continues to be under investigation.

Troopers would like to thank the members of the public who came forward to provide information following this crash. By working together, the community and law enforcement can ensure public safety and help see those who commit crimes held accountable within the criminal justice system.

TROOP C NEWS RELEASE
October 16, 2022

Troopers Seek Assistance in Assumption Parish Hit and Run Crash that Killed Pedestrian

 Belle Rose – On October 16, 2022, shortly after 8:00 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop C was notified of a fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian on Louisiana Highway 998. The crash claimed the life of 54-year-old David Gilbert of White Castle.

The preliminary investigation revealed Gilbert was walking east in the westbound lane of LA Hwy 998 when he was struck by a westbound vehicle. The vehicle left the scene after the collision. It is believed the crash occurred after 1:30 a.m. on October 16, 2022.

Gilbert suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

Evidence located at the scene suggests the suspect vehicle involved is a 2015 to present Lincoln Continental with damage to its passenger side. It is unknown the color of the vehicle at this moment.

As the investigation continues, anyone with information regarding this crash is encouraged to contact Troop C at (985) 857-3680. More information will be released when it becomes available.

Troop C has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 43 deaths in 2022.